Carlisle Guildhall Museum
Museum type :
Archaeological Museum

Established in :

Holidays :

Visiting Hours :
Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.00pm. Sun 11.00 noon - 4.00pm

Contact No :
01228 534 781

Location :
Carlisle, Cumbria, England , United Kingdom

Display Objects :

The displays describe the city's history, including stocks used for punishing criminals, the chest which kept the city's valuables safe in the Middle Ages, and two bells from the Elizabethan period that were awarded as prizes for horse racing.

Description :

  • The Guildhall Museum is housed in the upstairs of Carlisle's only medieval house.

  • Carlisle had eight Trade Guilds, and each had one room as a meeting place.

  • The Guilds were Butchers, Merchants, Shoemakers, Skinners, Smiths, Tailors, Tanners and Weavers.

  • Each of the Guild Rooms has its own special interest - ranging from the ship's cabin-like atmosphere of the Shoemakers room to the unexpectedly Victorian character of the Butcher's Room.

  • Objects relating to the history of the Guilds are on view wherever possible.

  • There are many items of Guild silver dating mainly from the early 18th century.

  • Each Guild had a large banner which was flown from the Guildhall on important days.